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V for Vendetta (original 1988; edition 1995)

by Alan Moore

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Title:V for Vendetta
Authors:Alan Moore
Info:Vertigo (1995), Edition: Reissue, Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Anarchism, Comics, Dystopia, Fascism, Graphic Novels, Loaned, Private Collection, Vertigo, Loaned (idaft)

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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (Writer) (1988)

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This was fantastic, transcending my usual inability to comprehend comics. I'm sure it will mark me as a Philistine to say this, but it was as good as the movie (which was also amazing). ( )
  Kenoubi | Sep 6, 2014 |
I'm a little ashamed to admit that this was my first graphic novel. Sure, I grew up reading comic books, but the Archies were so much different than this. I can't imagine the work that went into this, first of all. Writing a novel is one thing, but illustrating it all? Wow.

Not even sure what to write about this one. I give it five stars not just for the writing, which I thought was brilliant at times, but for its impact on popular culture and political activism, i.e., the Occupy Movement's adopting of the Guy Fawkes masks and many references to the character V.

The movie V for Vendetta was very good. I'd seen it beforehand, and it was interesting to see all of the differences between the film and the graphic novel--there were quite a few.

V for Vendetta is set in a dystopian future London with a totalitarian government. The main character V is an anarchist whose main goal is to finish off what Guy Fawkes had originally planned, and that is to blow up Parliament--not so much to cause destruction of the place, but because the place represents an idea of government. Blowing it up will, in essence, cause a re-set, which in V's mind is the only way society has a chance if it wants to live freely and openly.

Alan Moore was unhappy with the status quo when he wrote V for Vendetta. He saw the government in England at the time as overstepping its authority and intruding on the lives of its citizens. His novel creates an extreme world where the government is all-seeing, intrusive, and really up to no good, responsible for genocide of "undesirables," using citizens as experimental guinea pigs, and other horrible things.

The faceless character V lives by his own strict ethical and moral code. By wearing the mask, he is everyman/woman. His underlying message is that the people have the power to bring about the change they seek, especially when their government is behaving badly.

This graphic novel brings up many philosophical questions, and after reading it, I can understand why it became so popular. My only criticism has to do with the drawings being muddy (dark colors) and sometimes it was hard for me to distinguish between the characters. Moore doesn't spell everything out for the reader. When I mentioned that I was a little confused to my teen son, he said, "You have to pay close attention while reading." Good advice. (I should listen to my son more often.)

I don't know if "enjoyed" is the right term to describe how I felt about this with the subject matter being so dark, but I definitely found it to be a page turner. The end was so much different than the movie's which ties things up neatly (but that's Hollywood for you).

Great first experience with a graphic novel. Next for me is Moore's Watchmen.

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1 vote mclesh | Sep 2, 2014 |
This is supposedly a great political graphic novel with V a great revolutionary character. The only thing I can say is true is that it is a political graphic novel. Overall it sucked. V was more into personal vengeance than anything else, the graphics were pretty poor and not the easiest to follow and the writing just seemed clunky and more used to force somebody's ideas down your throat. ( )
  RawrPopTarts | Aug 11, 2014 |
A lot of the background to this novel doesn't really make any sense. How did V get enough money for all the supplies he needed? How did he get access to vital locations if everything is being watched? For that matter, how did he kill so many people without any one even thinking they had a serial killer on their hands? How did he plant explosives in all the major buildings, especially after Parliament went kablooie? How is there a computer that knows everything, given the collapse of the high-tech sector? How did V gain access to it years ago?
Magic, I suppose, like the hormone magic required for him to become the super hero that he is.

Politically, I suppose that chaos is better than fascism, and the feudalism you see beginning to crop up at the end is also better. But then, so what? What does this book have to say to us? The answer could be: question authority. Alright, but the novel asks its questions with explosions and murder. V tortures an innocent girl, and we are supposed to believe he is liberating her instead of causing PTSD. The brave new world of individuals thinking for themselves, to be ushered in at the end, doesn't offer much in the way of hope or reason.

The book is full of the easy part of anarchy: Smash! The hard part - building a society of equals, with no government, one that is prosperous and safe - this is no where in evidence in the book. At most, it can be found in the occasional aphorism or song lyric, or delivered sermon-like by V. (It almost reminds me of Ayn Rand, ha).

As for the art, at times it's really good. But as has been frequently noted, the background characters are usually rather difficult to tell apart, and it sometimes is really hard to tell what's actually happening, to whom. The fact that often I didn't care enough to really work it out speaks to how unimportant these background characters actually are. And the novel's treatment of women, well, I won't say it's misogynistic. Mostly because I'm tired. And the novel's treatment of sex, which is rather shabby, probably dovetails with the treatment of women. A lot could be written about this, but not here by me:)

So, why 3 stars? I did find it compelling. For all its flaws, there is some wonderful material here. The art did draw me in rather frequently, and I read it all in one sitting, taking my time over 4 hours to really soak it in. It far from sucks, that I can say. But it is also a world away from being great, and is only just barely on the side of good. It does its job of creating dialogue. And it's heavily iconic, my copy came with a Guy Fawkes mask. ( )
1 vote starcat | Aug 11, 2014 |
This is the best graphic novel I've ever read. ( )
  GraemeShimmin | Aug 7, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Moore, AlanWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lloyd, DavidIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Weare, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craddock, SteveLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crain, DaleDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dobbs, SiobhanColouristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitaker, SteveColouristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Good evening, London. It's nine o' clock and this is the Voice of Fate broadcasting on 275 and 285 in the medium wave... It is the Fifth of the Eleventh, Nineteen-Ninety-Seven...
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Good night England. Goodnight Home Service and V for Victory. Hello the Voice of Fate and V FOR VENDETTA. --introduction
And it's no good blaming the drop in work standards upon bad management, either...though, to be sure, the management is very bad. We've had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was 'no.' You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company
It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing... One loud noise, and it's gone.
Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We've seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.
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Please do NOT combine the novelization of the movie V for Vendetta with the graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore, illustrated by David Lloyd.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0930289528, Paperback)

V for Vendetta is, like its author's later Watchmen, a landmark in comic-book writing. Alan Moore has led the field in intelligent, politically astute (if slightly paranoid), complex adult comic-book writing since the early 1980s. He began V back in 1981 and it constituted one of his first attempts (along with the criminally neglected but equally superb Miracleman) at writing an ongoing series. It is 1998 (which was the future back then!) and a Fascist government has taken over the U.K. The only blot on its particular landscape is a lone terrorist who is systematically killing all the government personnel associated with a now destroyed secret concentration camp. Codename V is out for vengeance ... and an awful lot more. V feels slightly dated like all past premonitions do. The original series was black and white and that added to the grittiness of the feel while the coloring here in the graphic novel sometimes blurs David Lloyd's fine drawing. But these are small concerns. Skillfully plotted, V is an essential read for all those who love comics and the freedom, as a medium, they allow a writer as skilled as Moore. --Mark Thwaite

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In a near-future Britain ruled by a totalitarian regime, Evey is rescued from certain death by a masked vigilante calling himself "V," a beguiling and charismatic figure who launches a one-man crusade against government tyranny and oppression.

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